Resources for Professional Development

Numerous organizations offer professional development opportunities for Earth and Space science educators throughout the year. Once these opportunities have gone by, many organizations keep archived materials available for continued use. The list below provides information about a number of these opportunities. The descriptions below come from the programs' websites so be sure to click on the URL for all the details concerning application deadlines and a more in-depth program description. If you have a professional development opportunity that you would like to have listed here, please post the opportunity.

These online courses provide in-depth studies into specific ocean science content through the context of ocean exploration. Past courses are archived. They are all free, but do require registration to access the course materials.

Explore best practices for teaching global climate change (GCC) to middle- and high-school students with these free, self-paced modules for teachers. Each module includes STEM resources that will increase teacher’s knowledge of climate change concepts and can be used directly with students.

This is a collection of selected videotaped lectures that were given at USGS facilities. Teachers can view these lectures to increase their science background knowledge. In addition, all of these lectures should be suitable for viewing by the general public and upper level students (grades 8 through university). Most videos are in MP4 format and are 60-90 minutes long (60 minute lecture plus question/answer).

The Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET) is a collection of online Earth system science activities. Each activity, or chapter, introduces one or more scientific data sets and analysis tools that enable users to explore some aspect of the Earth system.Within the context of a case study, each chapter guides users through a step-by-step process in which they access data and use analysis tools to explore real issues and questions in Earth system science. In the course of completing a chapter, users produce and analyze maps, graphs, images, or other data products. The ultimate goal of each activity is to build users' skills and confidence so they can use data to conduct their own investigations of the Earth system.

This twelve week online course prepares high school science teachers to use NASA data and visualizations along with other geospatial information technologies while investigating both global and local environmental issues. Participants locate, access, and analyze a variety of Earth science datasets.

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